- Economic development, education and infrastructure are issues
that will remain front and center as 2018 unfolds within the
Waukesha County Business Alliance.
a customary practice from prior years, alliance leaders recently
drafted the organization’s 2018 policy agenda and set in motion
plans of looking at how the business community can most
effectively be engaged in the trio of overarching concepts.
year’s policy agenda is encapsulated within a 12page document,
but Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the WCBA, said the
concepts within it will come to life as organization members
gather and make recommendations.
serves as a guide for us,” Kelley said. “It’s continuously
being looked at and reviewed throughout the year.”
this year’s agenda plan in place, three committees — each
comprised of 20 to 30 WCBA members — will meet routinely to
review the trio of issues before bringing policy recommendations
back to the organization’s full membership.
of the three committees will offer proposals this fall. The
WCBA’s full membership will
act on the policy recommendations in December, so this year’s
agenda can set the stage for legislative advocacy efforts in early 2019.
has posted a video on YouTube, highlighting how the committee
review process works. Brian Nemoir, an association member and
owner of Delafield-based Full Impact Communications, heads a board
overseeing the policy review process.
to issues surrounding economic development, education and
infrastructure, Nemoir says in the video: “I think those are the
three biggest issues impacting Waukesha County right now. It
isn’t something that can rest — it has to be vibrant and
outlined in the policy document, members of the committee
reviewing economic development will look at a range of issues,
including advocacy for tax and regulatory measures that could help
in promoting business expansion and retention.
the committee will continue its combthrough of government
relations between municipal leaders and county and state officials
in the hope of offering recommendations that can improve
communication between the layers.
the education front, committee
members will look at ways the WCBA can be most effective in youth
apprenticeship and internship opportunities across Waukesha
group also will continue exploring ways businesses can partner
with school districts and higher education facilities so
curriculum reflects real-world employment needs across different
the correlation might not be immediate at quick glance, the WCBA
has been a frequent proponent of investing in infrastructure. Its
interest has extended beyond the county’s borders in the past,
as evidenced by advocacy for the Interstate 94 corridor in
addition to continued reviews of how it can lobby around I-94, the
alliance in 2018 will continue its discussion of the West Waukesha
bypass and the city’s water needs.
said many of the specific issues within the three committees have
bubbled to the surface in the past, but have remained consistent
on the organization’s radar.
may solve them at some point,” Kelley said. “But over time,
they morph and evolve and need to be looked at again.”